Friday, March 12, 2010

Olympic Vancouverage

Cold as Ice

Maybe it was just seeing all that snow, a rarity in New Mexico, but I remember as a young boy, I loved the Winter Olympics. This year, they were just a 6 hour drive from where I live and work, so the English, baby! team rented an RV and headed north to make English lessons at the Games.

The first question everyone asks me is, "What events did you see." We saw the luge, and it actually turned out to be one of the funniest videos we made.

But we were lucky to squeeze in the luge! It was an extremely hectic few days. We made 14 lessons, interviewed 5 athletes, and appeared in two news segments, one for American television and one for Chinese State TV.

Here are a couple of interview highlights. Chinese snowboarder Liu Jaiyu explaining what it means to ride goofy.

And gold medalist figure skaters Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue demonstrating a lift for us. The other lesson we did with them, "head over heels," went viral on Chinese video site with more than 50,000 views in the first few days!

4-year-old Jason watching the Calgary Olympics with his parents on TV would be glad to know that 22 years he'd be there in Canada to be part of the action. He might be disappointed though that his dreams of a bobsled medal would be dashed by the fact that he would never actually start training.


  1. Super cute. I found the luge pretty boring, in part because we were totally freezing and in part because it's mostly waiting for a glimpse of the dude. What sport is mostly waiting for a half second shot of the action while watching most of it on a screen? Boring.

  2. Drag racing might kind of be like that. I had a ton of fun at the luge, but it turns out most of it was at the expense of the sport rather than in appreciation of it.